High Barn – Happisburgh

Sleeps 6 - 8 in 3 bedrooms

High Barn is a stunning barn conversion in a truly unique location!

“We have enjoyed a truly beautiful week at the cottage.  The carefully thought out attributes in the house made our stay so easy and our dogs loved it. Especially sitting on the balcony watching the days go by.”

PLEASE NOTE:  This property will sadly no longer be available from winter 2021.

Comfortable, welcoming and fully equipped for a TOTALLY dog friendly holiday.  At the end of a dead end track on the edge of the village of Happisburgh, the barn sits right up on the coast (the beach, Hill House pub, shop and fish shop are within an easy walk). The views from the barn are across the fields, along the coast and out to sea. Even more special are the views of the sunset and seascape from the balcony off the upstairs bedroom – truly magical at night when the stars are out. The garden is large, laid to grass, surrounds the house as well as having a patio area and is very securely fenced with 6ft high fencing, cleverly designed to allow a view through as well as a secure boundary for all your dogs …… and you can bring as many of them as you like for free!

When you arrive… The track up from the village is unmade and a bit bumpy but is ok at a slow speed.  At the top of the track turning into the parking by the old WWII pillbox.  There is plenty of parking for 4 – 5 cars on the dedicated gravel parking area. From here you can admire the views across the fields along the coast. Go through the gate with the pergola over the top and then onto the large patio with outside seating and the hot tub.  This is west facing so you can sit here to enjoy the evening sun. The dog wash area (hot and cold water) is just off this patio. Enter the barn through the front door and into the brick floored hallway. Turn right and go straight into the…..

Open plan living/dining/kitchen area: This area is ideal for everyone to use in their own way with whoever is cooking dinner being able to watch the tv, listen to music, talk to all the others in the room.  A very lovely communal and sociable space!  The floor throughout this room and all of the downstairs, is reclaimed brick which makes for an easy and comfortable surface to walk on and it warms up beautifully when the underfloor heating is on.  There are French doors leading out onto the secure garden area too so the dogs can wander in and out in safely while you relax. At one end is the living area with Tetrad sofas (seating 3 and 4) either side of the woodburning stove. We supply the first basket of logs and ask for a donation for other baskets taken from the outside wood pile during your stay.  There is a Smart TV to watch and books to read. There are some nice pieces of unique and farmhouse style furniture and some individual pieces of art on the walls.

In the middle, between the kitchen and living areas is the pine farmhouse dining table, seating 8 if needed – very comfortably seating 6.

The kitchen area has a good size island with bar stools. There is plenty of cupboard space and a full range of cooking utensils for all your meals. There is a range cooker and an America style fridge-freezer with water and ice dispenser. You also have a microwave, dishwasher, toaster and kettle (as you would expect!), hand and tea towels provided. Go back through the hallway and you first of all come to the….

Utility Room: This has a useful butlers sink, plenty of cupboard space, a toilet, washing machine, clothes airer, all sorts of doggy stuff – toys, bowls, towels, poo bags, large memory foam dog beds, crates (one XL and one med).

Bedroom 1: Double bed with ensuite toilet, shower, basin and plenty of clothes storage/hanging space, bedside tables and lamps. The duvets and pillows are all feather and the bed linen is colourful and in keeping with the wonderful style of the barn. There is a large skylight overhead to watch the stars at night.

Bedroom 2: Double bed, again with ensuite, plenty of storage/hanging space and lamps on bedside tables. Bed linen is the same quality, type and style. There is also a skylight overhead in this room. This room is a little bigger than Bedroom 1 but otherwise they are both the same in terms of facilities and style.

Back into kitchen and up the stairs (with fitted stair gate at the bottom) to the main bedroom….
This huge room is a really wonderful space. The bed is a king size and there are 2 single beds (trundle beds) that can made up as a single or twin beds if needed. At one end there is a large, fully tiled, white ensuite bathroom with bath, shower, sink and floor standing mirror. The bath is a free standing roll topped bath and in a position that you can lie back in the water and look up at the sky through the skylight – we have some amazing star lit nights in Norfolk! Next to this is the dressing room with plenty of space for clothes.  There is a sofa tucked up against the bannisters and the antique rocking horse is a great feature. Given the location under the roof of the barn there are some low beams so watch your head!

Another wonderful feature of this room is the double doors opening out on to the balcony. Here you can sit and watch the sea, the sunrise, the stars, the horse in the field opposite and just take in the wonderful place you are in. You can hear the church bells on a Sunday and look out to sea at the lights of the ships on the horizon at night.

Outside area: In addition to the patio with the hot tub there is garden all around the barn, mostly laid to grass but with some planted areas. There is a wood storage area and, rather uniquely, part of the corner of the boundary is formed by an old WW2 pill box. The summer house is on the living room side of the house and has seating and fairy lights for enchanted evenings outside.  In here is the BBQ (charcoal) for guest use. The garden is fully fenced all round with a combination of slatted fencing, backed up by stock mesh and hedges and is 6ft+ all the way round so your dogs can run around in safety.

The surrounding area: From High Barn you can walk to both Happisburgh Beach and Ostend/Walcott beach along the cliff top and down via the ramp access points. Both villages have dog friendly pubs, there is a small post office shop in Happisburgh and a larger, very well stocked one in Walcott. There is a dog friendly café in Walcott (Kingfisher Café) and another south of Happisburgh at Cart Gap (Smallsticks Café). Fish and chips are available at Smallsticks and also next to the Kingfisher Café. You don’t really need to get in the car at all while you are here!  There are plenty of paths and tracks and quiet lanes to explore a different route each day.

Please Note:

  • Please bring your own bath towels.  Hand towels provided.
  • There are some low beams in the upstairs bedroom.  Mind your head!
  • The track up to the house is unmade and a little bumpy but all vehicles can navigate it with care.
  • High Barn is a non-smoking property inside but you are welcome to smoke responsibly in the garden.
  • We provide a poo-picker and bin for you to dispose of your dog mess without using bags if you want to
  • Heating is underfloor throughout the whole downstairs + independent heaters supplied for upstairs if needed
  • The hot tub is available for guests to use but needs to be booked separately with the owner.  Please contact Leonie Hughes – on leonie.hughes@hotmail.co.uk to book it for your stay.  The charge is £150 (paying to rent one separately for your holiday would be approx £250)

We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • Large memory foam beds
  • 2 crates – one XL, one medium. Others on request
  • Throws for sofas
  • Bowls, poo bags, toys in the utility room
  • Warm outside shower for washing sandy/muddy paws
  • Very secure and large outside area

What else we provide for you!

  • Feather duvet and pillows on all beds
  • Hand and kitchen towels, but not bath towels
  • BBQ and tools (charcoal – bring you own)
  • Welcome pack of local and home made goodies
  • Comprehensive information folder about the house and the area
  • Map showing the area and pin pointed places to visit
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Wifi available
  • DVDs, books and games
  • First basket of wood for woodburner, donations requested for subsequent baskets

Max No. of dogs: Unlimited


“We have enjoyed a wonderful week at High Barn.  Many thanks to Leonie for the extra work making the fence Chihuahua proof, no one escaped!   The garden was perfect and Baily the Spaniel explored every inch!!  Lovely location and we have enjoyed many long walks.  Really lucky to see the colony of seals at Horsey and have explored most of the local beaches.  High Barn is beautiful – loads of room for everyone.  Needless to say we don’t want to go home.  Many thanks.” Melissa and Helen with Bailey, Gizmo and Freya

“We have enjoyed a truly beautiful week at the cottage.  The carefully thought out attributes in the house made our stay so easy and our dogs loved it. Especially sitting on the balcony watching the days go by.  Our highlights since being here have included early morning walks with the dogs on the beach, seals just lazing about on the beach, fish and chips at Walcott and beautiful sunshine.   We will be coming back.” 

“Wow! High Barn has left me almost lost for words. We have had a truly wonderful week and has exceeded all expectations – we could not have asked for more. Absolutely loved every minute of our stay and already trying to plan for when we can come back. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay, none of us want to leave!” 

“We are extremely grateful to have had this holiday when so many people have had to forego theirs this year. We appreciate the efforts of East Ruston Cottages, High Barns owners and cleaners who have worked so hard to make it all possible. Comfy beds, huge garden, house plants on steroids and just some of the memories we’ll take away with us as we head back to the Midlands. It’s our fourth year staying in East Ruston Cottages, thank you most sincerely for a super week!”

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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

Address: High Barn, Happisburgh, NR12 0QY

Directions: From the A149 Stalham by pass, take the turning just north of Stalham, signposted to Bacton, Walcott and Gas Terminal. (Stepping Stone Lane) Turn left at the end of this road and keep going on the B1159 for approx. 4 miles. You will reach a crossroads signposted to Ridlington (left) and Happisburgh (right) Turn right and after about a mile you will reach a sharp right hand bend. Turn left off this bend and drive up past barn conversions and a thatched house where the road bears right. Here you will see a unmade track going off to the left. Follow this slowly and High Barn is at the far end of this lane, opposite the stables. There is an old WW2 pillbox just as you turn into the parking area.



Some of the fabulous comments from the High Barn guest book...

"Thank you for letting us and our 4 dogs stay in your wonderful barn.  The dogs absolutely loved the garden!  It was that big they could play football!  Their favourite game :) The barn inside was so perfect for us all.  Plenty of space for my elderly parents to manouevre around.  Added bonus that there was 2 downstairs bedrooms with ensuites for them.  They thought this was wonderful as it meant they didn't have to go upstairs.   The balcony was also a bonus.  Watching the sunrise each morning was wonderful!  We have all loved the barn that much, so much so that Darrell and myself have booked already for next year!" Lesley, Darrell, Colin, Marguerite with Simba, Balou, Ikkle Eric and Stormy Boy xx

"We have enjoyed a wonderful week at High Barn. Many thanks to Leonie for the extra work making the fence chihuahua proof, no one escaped! The garden was perfect and Bailey the spaniel explored every inch. Lovely location and we have enjoyed many long walks. Really lucky to see the colony of seals and Horsey and age explored most of the local beaches. High Barn is beautiful, loads of room for everyone, needless to say we don't want to go home! Many thanks." Melissa (Yorkshire) Helen (Surrey), Bailey, Gizmo and Freya. 

"High Barn was a beautiful, cosy and warm place on arrival on one of the wettest and windiest days in the whole of the country! The local pub treated us well, the Lighthouse at Walcott was warm and welcoming with the most extensive vegetarian options. The interior was excellent and warm - colours and fabrics good for us, the surrounding garden perfect for our  Australian Shepherds! Thank you."  Leonie, Vera, Ronald, Kat, Kiki, Shanti and Gracie.

"Fabulous week, cottage had everything we needed. Very comfortable and warm, outside space lovely for the dogs, safe and plenty of room for them to roam. We had already booked for next year August. Can't wait to see how the cottage has evolved. Lovely to see some of the old items from Orchard Cottage, made it seem "just as nice". Thank you for your hard work and imagination. See you next year."Roz, Richard, Meg, Millie, Maisie (the yorkies). 

"High Barn is a great place to stay if you want peace, quiet and wonderful views of fields and the sea." Tina Andrews 

"We are extremely grateful to have had this holiday when so many people have had to forego theirs this year. We appreciate the efforts of East Ruston Cottages, High Barns owners and cleaners who have worked so hard to make it all possible. Comfy beds, huge garden, house plants on steroids and just some of the memories we'll take away with us as we head back to the Midlands. It's our fourth year staying in East Ruston Cottages, thank you most sincerely for a super week!" Cath, Steve, Tina and Ian and all of the doggies with us!!

“Our first time at Hidden Gem but not East Ruston Cottages.   The cottage is absolutely wonderful and has a very homely feel.  We have had a really relaxing holiday in a stunning location and Hidden Gem is like a home from home.  The beach and dunes are beautiful and the garden has been perfect for our two hounds!  A very dog friendly holiday cottage. All the extra little touches and the welcome gifts have been much appreciated!  We will definitely be back!! "

Phil and Clare with Pepo and Molly
Testimonial for Hidden Gem (Dog friendly holiday cottage in Norfolk)

“Our first stay at Red Roofs and we will definately be returning. Beautiful house and location. Garden is perfect for the dogs, house is well equipped and the welcome pack is a great gesture. We will be back next year ..... just hope you aren't fully booked!"

Vicky and Colin
Testimonial for Red Roofs

“Thank you so much for allowing us to be your first guests in Corner Cottage. My first impression was "WOW!". The cottage is amazing, you have thought of everything (even supplied fantastic weather!). The decoration is lovely, beds so comfortable. It was so nice to be able to bring the dogs so they could have a holiday with us and experience the beach for the first time."

Sandra and Steve
Testimonial for Corner Cottage
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